Rep. Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll
Texas Rep. Ron Paul won 30 percent of the vote in a CPAC straw poll of presidential candidates.
February 12th, 2011
06:01 PM ET

Rep. Ron Paul wins CPAC straw poll

The results of the Washington Times CPAC straw poll of presidential candidates are in, and the winner is Texas Rep. Ron Paul, with 30 percent of the vote. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the runner-up with 23 percent.

There were 3,742 ballots cast in the annual survey, which is a chance for devotees to name their pick for president in 2012. Fifty-six percent of those surveyed said they were generally satisfied with the field of potential candidates and 43 percent said they wished the GOP had a better field of potential candidates. For those surveyed, the size of the federal government was the most important issue to them.

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  1. Marquee blog

    bleh,please come back to the kiddie blog.

    February 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kim

    doesnt matter if bozo the clown was running forthe gop prez anyone could take the current prez down people are fed up with his arrogence mark my word we will have the senate and the presidency back in 2012 need proof just look what happened in december

    February 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      The mutterings of a selfish tea bagger. "Please sir, can I have some more?"

      February 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      By the time we get there, Obama might be untouchable

      February 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. pard

    Bozo the clown and his boy Cheney already had their shot... .

    February 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT

    all i can say is that the democrats had there chance and blew it...

    sorry obama should have focused on jobs instead of the stupid healthcare

    February 12, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Every day, talking heads say someone could do this, that or the other. That would give someone else the confidence to do that. And, boom, jobs. Everyone relies on assumptions. The only guaranteed way for the gov't to make jobs is to hire people. Maybe like the New Deal. But no one wants that. I really think there's nothing they can do in a democracy to make jobs.

      February 13, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • truesoy

      RUFFNUTT., I don't know about you, but the rest of us expect the president to walk and chew gum at the same time, and he did just that.
      Why would you want your president to focus only one issue and neglect everything else?
      And why would you want him to abandon health care reform at a time people needed the most, when they are unemployed?
      Picture yourself for a minute unemployed without medical insurance, hoe would you receive medical care?, and how would you pay for it (you should know that if no money, no care), if not through a government social service/assistance(taxpayers funded)? Now you see why healthcare reform was so important.
      Ps.- what do you think the stimulus plan was for?, and if you think things were bad just imagine what it would have been like without it.

      February 13, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • RUFFNUTT

      if you want free health care move to canada.. otherwise get a job... if he had more jobs that were here people could buy their own healthcare.. why is it's the goverments job to provide every bum that wants to drop out of school smoke weed and have babies healthcare..

      if you want health care go to school and get a good job that provides it..

      February 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    The American Street knows they have been lied to.
    both of our corrupt political parties
    all of our corrupt controlled media

    This ain’t no party
    This ain’t no disco
    This ain’t no fooling around

    February 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. eric

    Big O has got to go.

    February 12, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael LeBold

    ...So you want a President of the United States that would if he could, repeal the 65' Civil Rights Act that made it illegal to discriminate against, and refuse service to, individuals simply based on the color of their skin ?... OR maybe you want a President who wants to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency, and believes that ALL privately owned industry has the RIGHT to pollute the air & water as they see fit ?... Or a President that would withdraw from the United Nations and cancel the nuclear-arms reduction treaties we've signed ?... Or ELIMINATE ALL federally-funded student loans ?... THAT'S what it means to be a Ron Paul "Libertarian"

    February 13, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Libertarians support lots of things. That doesn't mean, in a representative form of government, they would be able to do everything they want. Just like the reps and dems. One thing it WOULD do is expose the gov't to simple ideas i can't believe they've never considerep

      February 13, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • truesoy

      Lebold, and you know why they talk like that?. It is because, just like children, they don't have a clue on how things get to them. Apparently they think that the education they got was bestowed upon them by the 'fairy godmother of knowledge', along with clean and safe ( free of pollutants) drinking water, etc. They have no idea. Their view of the world, at times, is nothing more that a contortion of simplistic ideas without basis in reality.

      February 13, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cal E

    So much for the media driven story line that Pawlenty, Thune, Daniels, Huntsman, etc. are serious contenders this time around. Ron Paul was portrayed as a longshot candidate in 2007, but he's starting out with far more national support this time around, and will have a formidable pile of cash within weeks of announcing his candidacy. If the national media insist on downplaying his chances, they will lose whatever credibility they have left.

    And no, Ron Paul does not believe in any "right to pollute" for big industry or anyone else - he believes companies should be held liable for the damage they do to others, not given a free pass for complying with the EPA rules they help write, grandfathering themselves into an actual free pass to pollute.

    February 13, 2011 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      He is an old ugly, geezer. When was it the last time UGLY made it to the presidential seat in the white house?
      It is critical that our American leaders aren't too hard on the eyes!

      February 13, 2011 at 4:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Andrew

    Yeah there's just absolutely no way this man will be president, look at him! Compared to Obama he looks like a conspiracy crank.

    February 13, 2011 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      I really don't think anyone on the list could beat Obama in 2012. Then, i didn't think W'd get a 2nd term

      February 13, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jim Davis

    CNN moderators are Cowards. They allow Libs to bash and use profanity, and remove any dissenting views they don't agree with. Read your own work CNN. See below...

    Ain't life strange? says:
    February 12, 2011 07:44 am at 7:44 am
    You know what? Screw these damn republicans. Instead of cutting spending on programs that will help our citizens through theses troubled times and provide services that include food safety and health issues, why not go after the coutry you invaded on your lies of WMD and get them to repay you for the war that was supposed to be paid with by their oil revenue? Or, did you ass wipes figure out a way to pocket that too?

    Nice Job CNN....... Fair & Balanced?? NOT !

    February 13, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. Big Game James

    Republicans making it a cake walk for Obama! Two terms please!!

    February 13, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. John Doe

    I don't understand how Ron Paul wins this thing with more votes than the next 2 guys combined, yet the mainstream media doesn't want to give him any credit. Had one of their boys or gals won, they would have decreed from the mountaintops how that person was the next best thing to walk on water. Like they did when Baby Bush won in 2000 or Mormon Mitt in 2008. Newspapers and TV news are dying because We the People are waking up to the fact that they don't tell the truth. They spread propaganda for the globalists and banksters, and the jig is up.

    February 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. EricW

    I would like my first ever vote to be for Ron Paul against Obama, It would be the only way I would not vote for a 3rd Party.

    February 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ron palinhasnochance

    its like the moment all of these so called patriots took office the deceptions that built them over two hundred years began to publicy crumble worldwide. So then welcome back president obama and his mama as well. Future so bright you got to wear shades. Adios amigos.

    February 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Patty

    HEY There!! Some of U bloggers know what your talking about. It appears U read the papers or listen to President Obama when he speaks. As for the rest of U posting on this blog
    Please read up on Ron Paul and other CPAC members. Mabe U would Like Donald Trump as your Leader! Think about what U post. GET THE FACTS!!

    February 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
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